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Robert Ladd Whitney
East Lake – Robert Ladd Whitney, 49, died suddenly on March 26, 2014, in Mann’s Harbor, NC. He was the beloved favorite older son of Nancy Thorndike Whitney of Hamden, CT. He is survived by his mother, Nancy, his younger brother, Jason, who lives in Portland, Oregon, and by other relatives.
Rob, or “Itchy” to his friends, was born on 13 November 1964 in New Orleans, LA. He attended schools in Montrose, NY, Amherst, MA, and graduated from Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, VA in 1983.
Itchy, who could diagnose and repair most any engine he found, became a licensed aircraft mechanic and worked on aircraft and also in the Engine Dept. (QMED) for Edison Chouest Offshore; as Deck Engine Machinist; Engine Room Wiper, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin. (NOAA), Pacific Fleet and for Military Sealift Command (DOD).
His professional certifications included: Military Sealift Command/Edison Chouset Offshore, Chemical Biological Radiological Defense, Marine Environmental Programs, Ordinance Hazard Awareness, Shipboard Damage Control, Shipboard Helicopter Fire Fighting, Antiterrorism Training, Personal Survival Techniques, NAVOSH. Rob earned the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariners Document was a Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED); Airframe/Power Plant Ticket (FAA); Automotive Service Excellence Certificate (ASE); Vocational Education Automotive Mechanic, and People Skills Training, Landmark Education.
Rob, “Itchy”, traveled the world and crossed the equator several times. He loved to travel and see distant lands. His humor, joy of living, and mechanical abilities will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Friends are holding a memorial service Thursday April 3 at 6 pm at the Full Moon Cafe in Manteo. Itchy will be cremated and his ashes shared is the places he loved most. Any donations you wish to make to the Nature Conservancy or your favorite charity would be deeply appreciated.
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.